2007: A Surprising Year for Conservatives
Tony BeamDr. Tony Beam's Weblog
- 2007 Dec 31
The 2006 mid-term elections sent a chill down the spine of conservatives as the extreme Left of the Democrat party appeared poised to steamroll the country with a host of far left political initiatives. The sight of the gavel of power and influence passing from the hands of conservatives to the hands of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid left religious conservatives wondering how much of what they cherished would be in the political crosshairs as Congress convened. The leaders of the new Congress promised tax increases, a quick pull out of American troops from Iraq, a muzzling of conservative talk radio, a complete renovation of the Patriot Act including a ban on overseas eavesdropping of terrorists, and just for good measure, they decided to float the idea of a 50 cents per gallon tax on gas to force Americans to support the idea of alternative fuels.
But as the dust settles on 2007 it appears that conservatives have weathered the worst of the Left’s political storms. All of the bravado and bluster of the Democrats in the early days of 2007 turned to sniping and whining as 2007 drew to a close. Not only are American troops still in Iraq, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s July pronouncement that the war in Iraq was lost has come back to haunt him as General Petraeus’ brilliant military strategy turned the war in favor of the United States. Against all odds and against the incessant drumbeat of criticism that spewed forth daily from the news media and beltway elites, conservative ideas and principles experienced a surge that was rivaled in effectiveness only by the military surge in Iraq.
As 2007 began the new leadership of the Congress promised that as soon as President Bush was out of office and the Democrats regained their birthright in the White House,
The Left vowed to silence conservative talk radio but several attempts to revive the so-called Fairness Doctrine were turned back by conservatives in the House and the Senate. The Left vowed to push through hate crimes legislation that would criminalize the thinking of people who believe that homosexuality is a sin. The Senator Kennedy backed law would have required penalties for people who criticized another persons “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” If this legislation had passed the
We were told at the beginning of 2007 that the sub-prime credit crunch and the downturn of the housing market would plunge the
What happened? How did conservatives manage to thwart the best efforts of the Left to take